Strengthening the path she explores through her ›Monuments‹ series, Eszter Salamon creates on stage an imaginary field between the past and the present, bringing together traces of Sicilian musical archives and choreographed sensations inspired by the mummification rituals of the Capuchin Catacombs, in Palermo.
By juxtaposing our present time with traces of historical places and figures, the work takes a stand against oblivion by shaping memory through fiction. This choral piece imagines a continuum between life and death, the cohabitation of the living and the dead, and invents its own utopian body: a dancing and acoustic body.

Concept, artistic direction and choreography Eszter Salamon Choreography and performance Matteo Bambi, Mario Barrantes Espinoza, Krisztiàn Gergye, Domokos Kovàcs, Csilla Nagy, Olivier Normand, Ayşe Orhon, Corey Scott-Gilbert, Jessica Simet Text Elodie Perrin, Eszter Salamon, Poem Paul Eluard Musical research Eszter Salamon, Johanna Peine Vocal coach Johanna Peine, Ignacio Jarquin Musical direction and arrangements Ignacio Jarquin Dramaturgical advisor Bojana Cvejić Rehearsal assistant Christine De Smedt Light design Sylvie Garot Sound Marius Kirch, Felicitas Heck Costume Design Flavin Blanka Technical Direction Matteo Bambi Production Botschaft GbR/ Alexandra Wellensiek, Studio E.S/ Elodie Perrin

PACT Zollverein (Essen), Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers (Nanterre), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), KunstFestspiele Herrenhausen (Hannover), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), CCN de Caen en Normandie in the frame of accueil studio With the support of Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), de O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo) Funded by the Regional Directory of Cultural Affairs of Paris – Ministry of Culture and Communication,  the region Île-de-France and the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Thanks to: Odile Blanchard, Fanny Bouquerel, Luca Camilletti, Margit Koch, Camille Lugnier, Leonor Lopes, Marie Maresca, Elena Martin, Matthias Mohr, Christophe Poux, Sabina Stücker, Asphalt Festival / Christof Seeger-Zurmühlen und Jacqueline Friedrich, dem Théâtre de l’Odeon und dem Team von Nanterre-Amandiers

Music based on the excerpts from songs and compositions 12th-19th century:
“C’erano tre sorelle” folk song from 12th-13th century, arrangement for eight voices by Ignacio Jarquin
“'Dolente Immagine di Fille mia” arietta by Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
“'Tarantella del Gargano” traditional love song from the region of Foggia
“Tenebrae factae sunt” (1611) excerpt from Responsories for Holy Week by Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (1566-1613) arrangement for five voices by Ignacio Jarquin
“La Giuditta dormi” from the oratorium Giuditta (1690) by Alessandro Scarlatti (1660 – 1725)
La Surfurara, the sulfur miner’s song, anonymous
Canto dei Carrittieri Siciliani, anonymous
Ninna nanna ri la rosa, traditional Sicilian lullaby
“Montedoro” introduction from Troparium di Catania 12th century, sung by people in the church